- No requirements or prerequisites
This course is aimed at informing and raising awareness on the characteristics of young learners within the autism spectrum disorder and how they may present unique instructional differentiation in educational settings. Practical and teacher-friendly educational strategies in helping learners within the spectrum achieve optimal success in school will also be covered.
In other words, this course explores the learning needs of young learners with autism. A sharing on several ways to support young learners within the spectrum will be offered. Other aspects of the course include the teaching and learning goals and environment that best support young learners with autism.
The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in understanding and learning more about teaching young children with autism or wants to develop a basic understanding of autism. This course explores the five main behavioural characteristics commonly shown by individuals with autism, namely: social skills differences, communication differences, intellectual functioning skills, sensory issues, and resistance towards change. In sum, understanding how an individual with autism may think, behave and learn. In the second part of the course, two basic educational or teaching strategies will be shared, namely: the use of picture activity schedules and social stories in helping individuals with autism in coping with changes in their daily routines and as well as learning how to cope with social situations or events which they may otherwise find overwhelming.
Who this course is for:
- Open to anyone who is interested to learn more about teaching young learners with autism
A lawyer turned educator, Poh Swan has ten years of professional experience in the early childhood education industry. A well-qualified and dedicated lecturer, Poh Swan’s passion, expertise, and experience in both early childhood education and special education gives holistic insights to her students, as well as to the many teaching and learning trainings and workshops she conducts.
Poh Swan received her Bachelor of Laws from University of London, UK; Certificate in Legal Practice from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Malaysia; Master of Education (Special Education) from University of Southern Queensland, Australia; and Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Segi College, Malaysia.
Her areas of expertise are in special education, early childhood education, and teaching and learning.